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John J. Coleman, III

PH: (205) 458-5167
Fax: (205) 244-5623
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PH: (205) 458-5265

A former chair and member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law section, John’s trial experience includes the successful defense as lead counsel of banking, utility, automotive, manufacturing and food service industry employers in over seventy-five bench and jury trials, including one of the first Americans With Disabilities Act cases tried to a jury in Alabama, two of the first ADA cases in the state in which a jury returned a defense verdict based on the absence of an ADA disability, one of the first ADA verdicts for the employer in a mixed motive case, and one of the first ADA harassment cases nationwide. 

He has also counseled clients regarding regulatory compliance, personnel policies, employee handbooks, union organizing and rulemaking involving the ADA, the FMLA, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Law of 1992, and various regulations related to drug testing and disability management. He has represented The Business Council of Alabama, the Alab...

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  • Defending various employers successfully in cases defining “direct threat,” “disability,” and “reasonable accommodation” in the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Tried over two dozen cases to defense verdict in employment matters.
  • Obtained summary judgment in over three dozen cases in employment matters.
  • Defended various causation issues in workers’ compensation benefits cases in state appellate courts.


  • "John Coleman is very knowledgeable and highly regarded."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "John Coleman knows the law, but more importantly, he knows where to go and who to talk to in order to get things done without wasting a lot of the client's time."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "I have used Mr. Coleman as our primary labor attorney for approximately 20 years (1992-2012). John has proven to be an extremely competent attorney, and has helped us tremendously during this period. Our company has over 400 employees, and as can be imagined, we have encountered many personnel issues in these 20 years that required legal representation. I have the utmost confidence in John's legal abilities, as well as respecting his personal high standards of ethics and character."

    -Best Lawyers

  • “John Coleman and his team are totally committed to the advocacy of the client’s case, and they leave no stone unturned.  There isn’t an angle in the case that they’re not prepared to defend vigorously.  John brings the highest standards of ethics, thoroughness, legal knowledge, and litigation experience to every matter.”


Speaking Engagements

March 14, 2014
LEAP Seminar: Social Media and Labor and Employment Law

Burr and Forman attorney's Marcel Debruge and John Coleman will both speak at the March 14th LEAP Seminar in Las Vegas, NV regarding the topic

December 03, 2014
Burr & Forman's Nashville Office to Host the Two-Day Supplier Associate Relations Group 2014 Southern Law Review and Roundtable

Burr & Forman LLP's Nashville office is pleased to host the Supplier Associate Relations Group (SARG) 2014 Southern Law Rev

December 17, 2014
John Coleman to Speak at the CLE Alabama Employment Law Seminar

Burr & Forman LLP Birmingham-based Partner, John J. Coleman III will speak at the CLE Alabama Employment Law Seminar. The